by Joanne Deaker @reconnectme_nz
Unlike art simply as a pleasant therapeutic process (what I call art as therapy), arts therapy goes deep into the psyche and can intentionally be used to access our inner knowing.
It does this through the medium of our body, maybe as...
Arts therapy goes beyond words… although it will also ultimately use some words, as a medium to help understand or make sense of what is created.
Arts therapy can also be used to help us understand more deeply about why we might be feeling something. To help us find the message in an emotion.
Here's an example of how arts therapy can be used in this way...
When you work with me, we would extend, expand and explore this further using a range of processes (the one described above is only one of many we might use). This is balanced with our working together to resource you so we can pull back when it becomes too much. Your care is of prime importance and emotional work does take work. So a big part of my supporting you through arts therapy is in resourcing you so you can cope and bring yourself back up when needed. Over time as you learn to gently be with, and work through your emotions, the discomfort around them lessens and we open ourselves up more and more to the higher, better feeling emotions such as peace and joy. We begin to see the world again in a range of colours rather than shades of gray.
Wishing you well